The Global Educator Certificate prepares future teachers to integrate global content and approaches into their professional practice.

Due to the increasing diversity and international nature of today’s classrooms, teachers are at the forefront of educating for global competence. With the Global Educator Certificate, you can become an important advocate and ambassador in your school and the community.

Students who have completed this 15-credit undergraduate
certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their own awareness of the interconnectedness between communities, societies, economies, and events and trends that cross national borders.
  • Embed global perspectives and practices into their teaching.
  • Prepare students to become model global citizens who are culturally sensitive and informed about world affairs.
  • Develop students’ understanding of different cultures and languages, enhancing their ability to communicate across cultures.
  • Create scholarship that engages in critical inquiry, creativity and intellectual development and includes world trends, issues and events; past, present and into the future.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Only certificate of its kind in Wisconsin.
  • Minimal additional credits needed. Working with your advisor, you can easily fit the required coursework into your current undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Eligible for pre-service teacher education degree students.
  • Field experiences with United Nations international learning curriculum with MPS K-8 schools.
  • Gain practical hands-on experience both at UWM and in the
    community with partner organizations.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721


Global Educator Certificate Curriculum

Core Education Courses (3 credits)

ED POL 375: Cultural Foundations of Education – 3 credits

Core Electives (6 credits)

Global Historical/Theoretical Perspectives in Education (choose one)

EXCEDUC 547: Comparative Special Education – 3 credits
ED POL 520: Peace Education – 3 credits
CURRINS 313: Teaching Economics in the Social Studies Curriculum – 2 credits
CURRINS 323: Teaching Social Studies Methods – 3 credits
CURRINS 637: World Language Methods and Materials – 3 credits

Global Foundations (choose one)

GLOBAL 101: People and Politics (SS) – 3 credits
GLOBAL 201: Economics and the Environment (SS) – 3 credits
GLOBAL 202: Globalization and Information Technology (SS) – 3 credits

Global Learning Component (choose option A or B) (3 credits)

A. Study Abroad –  3 credits
B. Fieldwork (major advisor approval needed):
ED POL 688: Fieldwork in Multicultural Education – 3 credits, or
ED POL 698: Fieldwork in International Education – 3 credits, or
CURRINS 240: Field Experience with Dual Language Learning – 2 credits

Undergraduate: Other Electives (3 credits)

Curriculum and Instruction (CURRINS)

CURRINS 233: Introduction to Children’s & Young Adult Literature – 3 credits
CURRINS 240: Field Experience with Dual Language Learners 3
CURRINS 297: Study Abroad 3
CURRINS 307: MCEA Clinical Experience, Grades 4-8 3
CURRINS 312: Models and Issues for Early Childhood Education 3
CURRINS 497: Study Abroad 3
CURRINS 501: Language Acquisition for Children of Diverse Backgrounds 3
CURRINS 541: Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL 3
CURRINS 542: History and Politics of Second Language Education 3
CURRINS 543: Developing Biliteracy 3
CURRINS 546: Language, Content, and Comprehensible Input 3
CURRINS 655: Applied Linguistics for Teachers 3

Educational Policy and Community Studies (ED POL)

ED POL 315: Group Process and Civic Engagement – 3 credits

Global Studies (GLOBAL)

GLOBAL 311: Contexts for Global Management – 3 credits
GLOBAL 351: Language, Media and Social Practice in Global Communications – 3 credits
GLOBAL 371: Rethinking Global Security – 3 credits
GLOBAL 451: Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communication – 3 credits
GLOBAL 461: The Politics and Policy of Sustainability – 3 credits
GLOBAL 471: Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Context – 3 credits
GLOBAL 541: (411) Cross-Cultural Management – 3 credits

Please see advisor/undergraduate catalog to select an appropriate global education equivalent course approved that would qualify.


profile photoHawkins, JeffreyAssociate Professor; DirectorTeaching and Learning; Urban Education Doctoral Program(414) 229-5971hawkinj@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 393